FSANZ to run symposiums in Canberra and Wellington
May 18, 2016

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) is celebrating its 25th anniversary of the formation of a national food standards regulation agency in Australia with an upcoming symposium in Canberra on 17th and 18th August 2016. Before then, FSANZ is also hosting a one-day symposium event in Wellington, New Zealand on 1 July 2016. The Canberra symposium will be hosted  at the National Library of Australia and will discuss the future of food safety and public health. It will also explore challenges... ...Read more »

Ardmona Whole Peeled Vine Ripened 400g 007CM tinned tomatoes recalled, safety concern
May 18, 2016

A tinned tomato product produced by SPC Ardmona is being recalled over concerns it may explode when opened. The recall relates to one batch of Ardmona Whole Peeled Vine Ripened Tomatoes which may have “increased pressure in the can” due to a packaging issue. SPC Ardmona has warned there is a potential risk of injury and that consumers should dispose of any Ardmona Whole Peeled Vine Ripened Tomatoes 400g tins with the date marking 007CM (7 March 2015). Consumers can contact SPC Ardmona for a refund.    Read More →

FSANZ opens submissions on changes to maximum residue limits requirements
April 26, 2016

  Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking to create an “all other foods” maximum residue limit for some agricultural chemicals. FSANZ is calling for submissions on this proposal after it called for submissions on proposed changes to the maximum residue limits for agricultural and veterinary chemicals in November 2015. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer, Steve McCutcheon, said maximum limits are already set for chemicals and specific commodities but this has created issues. “This... ...Read more »

New FoodLegal Symposium in April, Hurry for Early Bird price
March 15, 2016

Early bird pricing is still available for FoodLegal’s “The Future is Here” April Symposium. To be hosted in Melbourne, the half-day morning event will include eight expert speakers and will cover the following topics: new niche product development opportunities how novel ingredients may be dealt with new knowledge on special purpose foods and regulations for sports supplements and beverages the new opportunities to develop foods for special medical purposes new scientific findings that create... ...Read more »

FSANZ speaker at FoodLegal symposium
March 9, 2016

The Senior Food Scientist and Risk Manager of Australia’s food regulatory agency Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Jonathon Kite will be delivering vital information for the food industry at the upcoming FoodLegal symposium.   The Symposium will be a one-off and will take place in the Melbourne CBD. It will address very important issues for food product developers, marketers and decision makers.   Kite is the key person at FSANZ responsible for the proposed new regulatory framework... ...Read more »

Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and elsewhere
March 7, 2016

An update of current food law developments in Australia and elsewhere.   Here is a report of recent and imminent developments in food product compliance and regulatory information in Australia and beyond: http://tinyurl.com/jzd6q9z      Read More →

FSANZ looking to change infant formula Food Standards requirements
February 24, 2016

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking comments on its proposed approach to revising infant formula requirements in the Food Standards Code.   FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mr Steve McCutcheon said although breastfeeding is the recommended way to feed a baby, a safe and nutritious substitute for breast milk is needed for babies who are not breastfed.   “FSANZ is looking at clarifying some standards, bringing them up-to-date with the latest scientific evidence and aligning... ...Read more »

Coles and Lion milk recall in WA
January 27, 2016

Coles and Lion have issued recalls for milk a number of milk products sold in Western Australia after discovering a microbial coliforms contamination.   The two Coles branded milks are “Coles Brand Western Australian fresh hilo milk 98% fat free carton 1L” and “Coles Brand Western Australian fresh full cream milk carton 1 litre”. Coles is only recalling milks with the use-by date of 6 February 2016. Lion is the producer of these products.   Lion’s other milks which have been recalled... ...Read more »

“Australian honey is safe natural product” says Honey Bee Industry Council
January 25, 2016

The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council has reassured consumers that Australian honey is safe despite the publication of a study that suggested otherwise.   In the study out of Ireland and conducted by Luckhart et al and published in Volume 33, Issue 1 of the academic journal Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A, stated it found 41 out of 59 Australian honeys sampled contained by pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA), a liver damaging toxin. PA can occur naturally in honey but it is considered... ...Read more »

FSANZ finds Phthalate chemicals at higher than recommended levels in food
January 20, 2016

A leading Queensland scientist has warned the public to be cautious after a Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) study found two chemicals at higher than recommended levels in samples of plastic food packages.   The two chemicals, di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and diisononyl phthalate (DINP) were detected as part of FSANZ’s Australian Total Diet Study into chemicals in food packaging. FSANZ said it detected “very low residues of some chemicals in a small number of samples”... ...Read more »

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